Pan-African Robotics competition (PARC) in the Senegalese capital Dakar
on Saturday reflects the growing consciousness of science education as a
top priority for a government growing the economy and getting
development off the ground.
of young women from Senegal, The Gambia and Mali distinct in their
various uniforms – blue headscarves, black pinafores and white polo
shirts – screamed for their teams as robots picked up plastic cones and
dropped them onto markers, all adamant they would win.
Mariama-Ba all-girls academy won the high school category for a “made
in Africa” pump solution to flooding, and girls were well represented in
the winning 11-15 age group on Saturday after showing off their
generation is definitely the one,” said Umu Tarawally, a 14-year-old
Gambian who aspires to be a doctor and patiently explained to an
assembled audience of dignitaries how groundnut shells could be
converted into fuel.
Her friends, she added, were telling her they want to become engineers following a week of robot and tech workshops.
Xhosa people are a Bantu ethnic group from South Africa. The name “Xhosa” comes from that of a legendary leader and King called uXhosa. There are approximately 8 million Xhosa people in South Africa, and the Xhosa language is the countries second most-populous language in the country, after Zulu.
Xhosa women have a history of wearing traditional head wraps, that would increase in size as the woman aged. For special events, the head wraps would be even large and more elaborate than usual.